“There’s no way to sugar coat going slowly blind. I was born with retinitis pigmentosa and thought I was clumsy until I was finally diagnosed at age 26 – the year I got married. Over untold decades, I have relied on some of our human gifts such as imagination, creativity and optimism to get me through life’s many downturns and upswings. Participating in Helen Keller’s Adjustment to Blindness Zoom Meetings was so helpful. The group offered emotional support and knowledge, and helped me form new friendships. Interacting with the Adjustment Group encouraged me to get my new eight-year-old rescue dog “Lucky”. Lucky and I are taking one day at a time and, today, life is good.

“Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jarron was an Acting Director of Archives and Special Collections at LIU CW Post. She is certified a certified special collections librarian and an archivist. Jarron has been working with HKSB since winter 2021 and adopted Lucky in winter 2022!” -Jarron Jewell

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